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messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by alice May 26, 05:12PM

Bigger bins

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by rahrahrah May 28, 07:32AM

We really need to follow the example of other cities around the world and urgently reallocate road space to people-focused public space. It’s impossible to pass down Lordship Lane and maintain social distancing rules.

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Posted by rahrahrah May 28, 08:53AM

Have there been any temporary road closures, pavement extensions or bike lanes put in anywhere in Dulwich to create space for social distancing? People are starting to return to work, the roads are getting busier and the window of opportunity to put in such measures is closing. It becomes much more difficult once traffic levels return to normal.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by KidKruger May 28, 09:02AM

Yeah, the risk is entirely on individuals who are IMO effectively being pressured to squeeze into decreasing public space because of the encouraged return to work.
I wonder if the reason the Govt is not saying wearing masks outside (or at least on public transport) is mandatory is because they know we can't all easily get them.
A case of the requirements for safety being changed according to facilities available.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by Rockets May 28, 06:58PM

Rahrahrah - I don't think there have been any. The only action the local councillors seem to have taken is setting up the survey for the Melbourne Grove closure and the invitation on this thread to come up with some ideas. Walking down Lordship lane it is clear that social distancing is a huge problem and there could be some very quick fixes to alleviate the problem like reclaiming the parking spaces in front of the Co-Op and Jazz's on the other side to allow people to pass safely - the section in front of Tandorri Nights is particularly narrow.

I can't work out why Southwark aren't doing more. A lot of other local councils (Lambeth, Lewisham, Croydon, Camden, Hammersmith, Kensington) have moved with great speed and made wholesale temporary changes to roads and pavements to benefit their communities yet Southwark seems to be doing next to nothing and moving incredibly slowly.

To be honest I am amazed that our local councillors haven't done anything to help the shoppers and traders who use Lordship Lane. I just wish they had approached Lordship Lane and the wider community with the same vim and vigour that they jumped on the opportunity to try and close Melbourne Grove.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by redjam May 31, 08:30PM

Can I second the suggestions on here for a) bigger bins in entrances to parks (and more frequent rubbish collection in/near green spaces when we're all using the parks so heavily) and b) opening loos in parks. Bit grim seeing guys peeing in bushes.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by goldilocks June 02, 08:42AM

Would agree with that Redjam. The parks are seeing much heavier usage and this will continue as more interaction outside is allowed. Keeping the parks clean is important, so more bins and yes, toilets opening. For anyone saying its a risk and people should stay close to home etc - this just isn't happening, and having a park full of human waste is hugely unpleasant. Children like to play in the bushes too, so keeping them free of human waste feels like a key point. There needs to be adequate hand washing and rules about how many people can go in at once, but to the extent that cafes are opening, then toilets should open too.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by Rockets June 02, 07:51PM

I think, and I might be wrong, that the council's hands are tied by government directives on this (although as we have seen on school re-openings councils can advise against compliance - maybe public toilets aren't such a political football!) but it would make absolute sense to re-open them as a matter of urgency.

I have been shocked by how little Southwark seems to have done to aid social distancing. Lordship Lane is a nightmare. On Saturday afternoon it was almost impossible to socially distance along its length - the lines that formed out of Moxons and Oddono's were ludicrous and often overlapped one another - the council could have easily put temporary bollards along the length of Lordship lane to take away the parking lane along it.

A few weeks into the lockdown I was very pleasantly surprised to see the efforts Lambeth had gone to to ensure social distancing near Brockwell Park by putting temporary bollards under the bridge near the station. A simple but very effective measure that benefited everyone.

By comparison, Southwark, or certainly Southwark council in the Lordship Lane area, has done nothing.

Perhaps Cllr McAsh might care to give us an update on what has come of all the great suggestions made by the posters on this forum?

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by alice June 02, 08:04PM

Do not go to lordship lane on Saturdays.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by jamesmcash June 05, 07:20PM

Hi all,

Sorry for the delay in responding. As some of you may know, I am a primary school teacher as well as being a councillor (being a councillor is not, for most, a fulltime role) and the ongoing preparations for school reopening has taken up a huge amount of time, in addition to my usual responsibilities both in the council and in school.

Let me try to respond to all these points.

Interactive map
Rockets asked "Will you be alerting us to which plans are being implemented and when, there are a lot of great ideas that have been posted?"
Yes I will - the filter on Melbourne Grove south is going ahead in the next few weeks and we are looking at getting bike stands installed on Lordship Lane. All other proposals are still being considered. I'll keep you posted.

Toilets in parks
I am afraid I do not know when these will be opened yet. I agree that we need them open soon but this needs to be balanced with the risk of them being places of infection. I have flagged it up with the Cabinet Member though and emphasised the need to open them as soon as is safe.

Bigger bins
I am trying to get bigger bins in parks, and them to be collected more frequently.

Transport measures
Thanks for raising this rahrahrah. Yes, we are looking at road closures and social distancing measures. Details on this thread: [www.eastdulwichforum.co.uk]

Please do add your suggestions regarding transport to the interactive map. Goose Green has the second highest number of responses so clearly lots of people are but we want the comments to be as representative as possible!

I hope this answers everyone's questions. Have a great weekend!

Best wishes
James

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James McAsh - Labour Councillor for Goose Green ward
James.McAsh@Southwark.gov.uk
[www.jamesmcash.com] [twitter.com]

Surgeries: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 7pm, East Dulwich Community Centre on Darrell Road

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messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by Spartacus June 06, 12:06PM

This is how the council are ignoring local resident consultations and pushing through their ideas regardless using the excuse of "social distancing measures"

[moderngov.southwark.gov.uk]

Are we allowed to object to these schemes before they get steam rollered in ?

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by first mate June 06, 04:37PM

Please can someone explain exactly how the ‘emergency’ measures in MG encourage and help social distancing in ED?

The south side is to be blocked adjacent to Tell Grove. Double yellow lines will be put in (an odd ‘temporary measure’) apparently to suspend parking so that cars have room to turn and go the other way. So the hordes of pedestrians and cyclists now able to somehow better socially distance will also be weaving through cars doing three point turns?

Meantime, parking pressure on all the surrounding streets will increase and will at some point beg for CPZ.

The hope is that every resident who voted for the above will immediately sell their car if they own one.



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messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by jamesmcash June 06, 05:18PM

Some cars will indeed have to turn around at the end but the overall number of cars on the street will plummet when it is no longer a through-route.

Best wishes
James

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James McAsh - Labour Councillor for Goose Green ward
James.McAsh@Southwark.gov.uk
[www.jamesmcash.com] [twitter.com]

Surgeries: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 7pm, East Dulwich Community Centre on Darrell Road

Sign up to the Goose Green councillor newsletter: [www.jamesmcash.com]

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by Rockets June 06, 06:31PM

James,
Where does the council expect that through traffic to go - I am presuming the council has modelled this? Perhaps you could share?

Are you expecting traffic to significantly increase along Matham Grove, for example, as people search for another route? The Matham Grove right turn onto Lordship Lane is pretty hazardous as it is and I suspect there will be a big increase in traffic along this route to avoid the no right turn from East Dulwich Grove onto Lordship Lane.

Are we to presume the traffic along Lordship Lane will also increase significantly with both the Melbourne Grove closure and the Dulwich Village closures? What plans does the council have to deal with this?

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by EDAus June 06, 11:32PM

Melbourne Grove South is being given a barrier to stop all traffic not a filter, please be accurate.

The best things people can do is email Richard and Dale with their objections as soon as possible:

richard.livingstone@southwark.gov.uk

Lead member: Councillor Richard Livingstone, Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and the Climate Emergency

dale.foden@southwark.gov.uk

Contact: Dale Foden, Head of Highways Email: dale.foden@southwark.gov.uk Tel: 020 7525 2045.

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Posted by seenbeen June 07, 10:23AM

This just occurred to me reading another thread that there are many builders around here doing extensions and refurbs and they are causing a nuisance in many cases- no dust control, excessive CONTINUOUS noise (should be 2 hours on, 2 hours off) and working outside of designated hours. No social distancing, littering, overfilled skips left for days etc etc
Some have hoarding around their sites with contact details- good for them- but there are some that don't and it is not right that they have been able to carry on working and the Council is not providing the Environmental Control Service when they breech the rules, (because of the lock down) and the neighbours have no way of contacting the company except by talking to the builders- some of whom don't speak English and some are downright rude.
Southwark should make it compulsory for builders on sites to display their contact details.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by jamesmcash June 07, 12:42PM

Seenbeen,

Construction should have social distancing observed. Drop me an email if there is a site where this isn't happening.

Best wishes
James

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James McAsh - Labour Councillor for Goose Green ward
James.McAsh@Southwark.gov.uk
[www.jamesmcash.com] [twitter.com]

Surgeries: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 7pm, East Dulwich Community Centre on Darrell Road

Sign up to the Goose Green councillor newsletter: [www.jamesmcash.com]

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by AllisonAdler June 07, 02:50PM

PLEASE open the loos in Dulwich Park. The Horniman has opened theirs. It's perfectly easy to maintain hygiene in the park toilets as they have hands free operation and sliding bolts on stall doors that can easily be opened and closed with one's elbow. It would be incredibly simple to install hand sanitisers above the basins until hands free soap dispensers and taps can be installed. People with medical conditions and pregnant women are really suffering. PLEASE give this more urgent attention.

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Posted by Peckhamgatecrasher June 10, 05:56PM

I've received a parking fine in the one of the new zones. I thought these were suspended for the Covid crisis? Some warning that they had rescinded this would have been useful

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Posted by first mate June 10, 06:52PM

Tackle your local councillor.

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Posted by snoopy17 June 11, 12:15AM

are libraries opening next week?

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Posted by tradingfiddle June 14, 07:51AM

Hi James

Please can you confirm when work to install signage and markings for the East Dulwich CPZ will resume as we currently have some roads completed and others not.

Please can you also confirm when the East Dulwich CPZ will be implemented as parking and traffic levels are increasing.

Thanks




jamesmcash Wrote:
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> Dear all,
>
> My understanding is that the East Dulwich CPZ will
> be delayed. The Peckham West CPZ is already in
> motion so will go ahead but with an extended
> warning period so that no one received a penalty
> until it is possible to move cars. This is on top
> of the general restriction of parking enforcement
> down to just serious contraventions (unsafe
> parking etc, which needs to be dealt with even
> during a crisis).
>
> Best wishes
> James

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by jamesmcash June 15, 01:41PM

Hi all,

Agree about the toilets - I will push for them to reopen asap.

Re CPZs, the Peckham West one is now in operation. Peckhamgatecrasher - if you have been fined and were not given adequate notice that it would come into effect I may be able to get your fine written off. Drop me an email with details.

Tradingfiddle - work on the East Dulwich CPZ has recommenced but I don't have a date for when it will go live yet.

Best wishes
James

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James McAsh - Labour Councillor for Goose Green ward
James.McAsh@Southwark.gov.uk
[www.jamesmcash.com] [twitter.com]

Surgeries: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 7pm, East Dulwich Community Centre on Darrell Road

Sign up to the Goose Green councillor newsletter: [www.jamesmcash.com]

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by AllisonAdler June 15, 02:48PM

Thank you, James!

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Posted by goldilocks June 15, 10:11PM

Thanks James - would re -echo comments about the toilets in Dulwich park. Toilets have been open in motorway service stations throughout, the royal parks are trialling opening too.

We need the facilities re opening but with plenty of soap - people need to carry hand sanitiser to use preferably before and after. Closing the toilets indefinitely is not the answer though - people are using the bushes, it is horrible and needs urgently addressing by providing access to public toilets.

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Posted by rahrahrah June 17, 02:45PM

James - will there be any temporary widening of pavements to make it possible to social distance? Walking in the road in order to pass someone, is becoming increasingly dangerous.



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messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by Rockets June 17, 05:45PM

The government has just said, during the daily briefing, that councils have been instructed that public facilities (including toilets) should be open.

James, any update?

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by AllisonAdler June 20, 03:13PM

An absolutely huge and heartfelt thanks to James and the Council for Dulwich Park loos being reopened!

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Posted by Froglander June 20, 04:49PM

Pick up of food waste bins and brown garden refuse bins is being missed. Is anyone else having this problem.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by siousxiesue June 20, 08:44PM

AllisonAdler Wrote:
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> An absolutely huge and heartfelt thanks to James
> and the Council for Dulwich Park loos being
> reopened!

Brilliant news!

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